The ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be
played in Southampton from June 18 to 22. It will be followed by India's tour of
England comprising five Test matches in August-September.Regarding sam the
Team to play these series was picked with Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari
again making a comeback in Indian Test squad, while all-rounder Hardik Pandya
was left out for next month's ICC World Test Championship final against New
Zealand and the five-match series against England."Hardik Pandya is still not in a
position to bowl. The experiment of selectors to keep him during England and
prepare him with bowling workload has failed miserably. He will henceforth not be
considered for Test cricket," a BCCI source was quoted.Last Test Series held in
Australia during January, was missed by Pacer Mohammed Shami because of injury
he sustained during the first game Bumrah missed the fourth and final Test after he
took a break for his wedding with sports anchor Sanjana Ganesan.Both of them are
making comeback in this team for World Test Championship against New Zealand
and England Tour.While, Wicketkeepers KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha's
inclusion will be subject to fitness clearance. Rahul recently underwent surgery after
being hospitalised for acute appendicitis, while Saha recently tested positive for
COVID-19 during the IPL. Also, Opener Easwaran and pacer Avesh Khan were also
with the team during the England series while the extra pace did it for IPL regular
Prasidh Krishna and Gujarat left-arm fast bowler Arzan Nagwaswalla, who had a
stellar 2019-20 season.These players are going with team as Standby in case of any
emergency they will be used.
India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma,
Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant
(wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington
Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj,
Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.
*** KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper;
subject to fitness clearance).
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan
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